Crockpot Spicy Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

Happy almost Friday! 

The day before I left for this trip, I spent all day cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, things like that.

Not because my husband can’t do those things, I just wanted to make his life easier. (And let’s be real, he’d never remember to do laundry and the last thing I want is someone upset because they have to wear their brother’s pants to school.)

I had taken the kids to the store last weekend and let them pick out easy foods like Lunchables, pizza rolls, frozen White Castle burgers. Basically my kids are going to be sad when I get home and we get back to our regular eating. 

But yeah, my husband’s sticking with Paleo while I’m gone and I wanted him to have lots of things that just need to be heated up. So I made this spaghetti squash casserole, this chili, and this beef stroganoff. All of those are favorites and I make them pretty much weekly. I also made some Paleo cornbread, a meatloaf you’ll see eventually, and roasted up a bunch of veggies. And finally, I made this.

I love making recipes like this because the meat is totally Paleo, super flavorful, and perfect on top of mashed cauliflower. But then it’s even more delicious on a roll with melty cheese on top! Which is, of course, how I ate it because I am weirdly obsessed with sandwiches right now. 

It was one of those times where I was all, “Okay, I’m just going to have two bites.”

“Orrrr maybe I’ll just have half a sandwich.”

“Welp. I ate it all.”

Crockpot Spicy Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

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Crockpot Ravioli - an easy meal the whole family will love!

I am in major EAT ALL THE FOOD mode right now. Like, I want the freezer cleaned out, I want the pantry cleaned out, I want everything out.

Which is ridiculous because we still have almost 2 months left here. 

But for whatever reason, my brain says that we need to eat everything now and then buy just what we need to survive the rest of the time here.

And that’s never going to work because we are incredibly high-maintenance when it comes to food.

Also, I’m feeling super productive because I’m burning through all my candles and each time I finish one, I say “Yep, one less thing to take with us!”

As if a candle is going to make or break our household goods allowance. 

But anyway, I’m finding all kinds of things in my freezer. There’s a pint of opened dog ice cream (yeah, that’s a thing) from 2 summers ago that I won’t feed the dogs but I love the label too much to throw it away. 

There’s also at least 5 bags of ravioli. Because apparently I impulse buy pasta filled with cheese more often than I realize. 

Luckily, the kids love ravioli! This Crockpot Ravioli is so simple and it’s perfect for us right now because I’m crazy I already had all the ingredients on hand and I, you know, felt like I was actually accomplishing something by throwing away that empty bag of mozzarella. 

If only moving was as easy as eating all the food and burning all the candles, right?

Crockpot Ravioli - an easy meal the whole family will love!

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Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Casserole

I have to tell you a story about this casserole.

A few days before my husband left Afghanistan, he shared this recipe with me on Facebook. And he never does that. He very rarely has requests for me and he especially never goes searching for recipes. But he really, really, really wanted me to make this. 

So I bought all the ingredients and made myself a timeline for Thanksgiving Day (the day he got home) that included putting these in the crockpot before we left to get him so they’d be ready by the time we all got home. Well, you know me, I got distracted taking selfies and watching the Macy’s parade and it just didn’t happen.

Right after Thanksgiving, my husband went back on his diet which is kind of Paleo but yesterday there was a Sonic Cherry Slush so not really Paleo. I don’t know. Whatever. And then I kept forgetting to make it on his cheat days. 

But now I’m in major clean out the fridge mode because we’re going away for Christmas. So I had to make it. On a day he couldn’t eat it. And I think he kind of hates me now. 

It’s so good and so easy. It starts with refrigerated cinnamon rolls and the only work you have to do is whisking eggs and heavy cream. It’s the perfect holiday morning breakfast because prep literally takes minutes and then you can just walk away while you open presents or hang out with the fam or just drink your coffee. 

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Crockpot Apple Cider Braised Pork

Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start!

I was really kind of hoping for a day at home today because my life is an absolute mess. I just need a day to organize my house, my thoughts, everything. But alas, we’re out of dishwasher tabs and I have no plans to handwash all the dishes today. I considered overnighting some from Amazon but then I realized how ridiculous that would be. Even for me.

And you know that once I’m out there in the wild, I’m gonna need to stop by at least a couple thrift stores to see if there’s any Pyrex in need of a good home.

I also have to go by the library and pay for the 2 books that Penelope (#idiothusky) decided to eat last week.

In other words, ugggghhhhh.

Anyway, we’re finally done with fall sports and I am incredibly grateful that we didn’t have a single game or practice that involved shivering in the snow.

But at the final football game, I heard those dreaded words. You know the ones.

“We’re gonna have our end-of-season party at…”

Just give my kid his trophy and let me go continue my life as a hermit, dangit!

But we went and I used it as an excuse to wear the new booties that I haven’t had a chance to wear yet.

The party was at Bass Pro Shops which I thought was just a store with fishing stuff but somehow serves pizza and has a bowling alley inside. And it’s, like, a really cool bowling alley with sharks coming from the ceiling and the bowling ball returner-thingies (technical term) are crocodile mouths. But it was absolute craziness for 3 hours.

And then the next morning I woke up with hives.

This is what kid parties do to me.

I decided to share this really delicious Slow Cooker Apple Cider Braised Pork with you today since it is Monday and you’re probably already dreading cooking dinner. (I am!) If you happen to have a pork roast and some cider on hand, I’ve got you covered.

I love doing pork in the slow cooker. It just turns out so tender and there’s so much you can do with it. I just made a sauce to pour over the shredded meat but you could easily mix it with a little barbecue sauce and put in on sandwiches.

 

Crockpot Apple Cider Braised Pork

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I had a cold over the weekend (story of my life – my kids get sniffles and I am on my death bed) so all of Saturday, I laid around and watched Food Network. I haven’t watched Food Network in ages but I got sucked into old Ina episodes and next thing I knew I was watching something called My Food Obsession.

Have you seen it? It’s quite weird but I couldn’t stop watching. I saw an episode about a girl who’s boyfriend broke up with her because she ate while she was sleeping. And then one about a guy who drinks 7 glasses of vinegar a day. Then there was a girl who was afraid of creamy foods. Yogurt, cheesy nachos, mac & cheese, stuff like that.

I mean, can you imagine?

Life without nachos and mac & cheese?

Coincidentally, I’d made this Slow Cooker Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese the day before. And it was awesome and I wondered how anybody could possibly be afraid of something so amazing.

I won’t lie, I was a little worried. I don’t really love gruyere to begin with and the one I used smelled like dirty socks. You guys know I love a stinky cheese but man, that gruyere was rough. Maybe I’m just not sophisticated enough to appreciate dirty socks gruyere.

It worked out really well though – the American cheese gave it that almost-Velveeta texture but not gummy like Velveeta. And the other two cheeses were delicious together.

And, of course, the best part is that it’s cooked in the slow cooker! It’s not something you can leave going all day while you’re at work but it’s great for parties or holidays when you already have 4 pots on the stove.

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